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“Our progress in the laboratory means that the time to tell others has finally arrived.”*

In his newest book, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of self, and how this might be augmented by machines. The pioneering neuroscientist author predicts that brain-controlled machines in the future will allow paralyzed people to walk and will lead to mind union and thought downloads.

The long-titled book, Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines—and How It Will Change Our Lives will be published March 15 2011. You can pre-order the book from Neurogadget’s Amazon Store.

Excerpts of Amazon’s editorial reviews on the forthcoming book:

  • While Nicolelis predicts future developments, such as brain-machine interfaces that will, for instance, allow paralyzed humans to interact fully with their environment, he devotes most of the book to a historical perspective on neuroscience and to explaining the specifics of his research, which will fascinate neuroscience buffs but may be too detailed for general readers. – Publishers Weekly
  • Nicolelis defines his field of research as systems neurophysiology, and he guides interested readers to the frontier of brain knowledge in this account of his and colleagues’ experiments. Their practical objectives are the development of a brain-machine interface and, ultimately, a brain-to-brain interface. … As readers mull over the debate and absorb Nicolelis’ relativity idea, his conclusion outlines optimistic visionary predictions for neuroscience that will alert them to what’s coming down the pike in technology-driven human evolution. – Booklist

* citation from Beyond Boundaries – a longer excerpt is available in Scientific American Magazine’s latest issue.